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  FOX News    Special Report With Bret Baier  

    March 5, 2014
    3:00 - 4:00pm PST  

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>> set your dvrs so you never miss an episode of "the five." "special report," bret baier on deck. see you in a bit. >> this is a fox news alert. president obama has taken a new hit in his public approval. our just released approval rating to a record low, 38% from 42% last month. 54% of those polled disapprove. this comes on a day when president obama could not even s of his own party to do what he wants in the u.s. senate. the president calling on the senate, the senate's failure today to move ahead, his choice to run the justice department's civil rights division, calling that a travesty. shannon bream is here with the latest on the fight over debo
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adegbile. >> even though his nomination failed to get past a key procedural vote today, the fight may not be over. by a vote of 52-47, senators voted not to advance adegbile's nomination. critics point to his legal work for convicted cop killer mumia abu-jamal decades after jamal was convicted and sentenced to death, adegbile headed up a legal team that successfully got his death sentence tossed. his supporters say he was doing his job as a legal advocate, but critics say he didn't stop at pure legal work, instead taking part in rallies and protests they say, quote, portrayed him as an unrepentant cop killer but a political prisoner instead. it was clear they knee it was a close vote because vice president joe biden was in chambers. biden would have been the tie
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breaker. sources tell us that democrats actually went in believing with biden's vote they had the numbers they needed to assure he would advance, but at the last minute, we know at least one democrat flipped. you'll remember democrats changed the rules last year so they would take only 51 votes to get nomineed passed. >> part of the reason for lowering the threshold was so that the president could send up anybody he wanted to, and presumably get them confirmed. so i know there was a temptation here, obviously, on his part to send this nominee up, but he was too difficult for even seven democrats to swallow. >> today, attorney general eric holder called the senate vote very disappointing, adding at adegbile's record was either misunderstood or intentionally misrepresented for the sake of politics. the white house called the vote, quote, a travesty based on
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wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public serve nlt. his qualifications are impeccable. while at least seven democrats couldn't be convinced of that, they voted no, but it's important to know that harry reid was also a last-minute no vote, by doing that, voting with the prevailing side, the no voters today. bret, reid reserves the right to in the future call this vote back. >> how would that work? >> well, it is a maneuver they can use in the senate that senatorss aunch do when they se they're on the losing end of a vote. if they vote with the winners, it does give them the right to recall the vote at some point. democrats thought they had the votes going into this today. they only needed 51. now, we'll see if senator reid is able to bring a couple of his members back to his side and take another vote at some point. it's unlikely, but it is possible. >> the politics of this, though, are really tough, especially for the vulnerable democrats in red states who voted yes. >> maybe wishing they voted no.
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>> for a nominee that national police organizations had a tough time with. >> they did. >> shannon, thank you. now, to the standoff over ukraine. nato is suspending most of its ties with russia over the military incursion in crimea. the russian foreign minister is still refusing to meet his ukrainian counterpart in paris, and here at home, president obama is being savaged for what critics call a lack of leadership. the president responded today, somewhat, by equating the ukraine situation with his quest to raise the minimum wage. here's ed henry. >> on the road today in connecticut, president obama was campaigning to raise the minimum wage in america when he suddenly took a sharp turn to ukraine and its popular uprising and suggested america doesn't always match its own democratic ideals. >> whether it's in central europe or in the middle east or africa, individuals want a
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chance to make it. if they try. and what makes us special is we already do that. >> when we're at our best. but we've got some work to do to match up our ideals with the reality that's happening on the ground right now. >> republicans see a completely different opportunity to keep pounding the message the president looks weak. >> can you think of anyplace in the worldering anyplace, where we're better off now than we were when he came to office? >> democrats defend the president by saying the u.s.'s isolated russian president vladimir putin and the crisis can be solved diplomatically. br we're the most powerful military on earth. that doesn't mean that we should always have to be the only ones to step up to the plate. >> yet a new fox poll out tonight shows support for the president's handling of foreign policy has dipped six points since december. 33% of the public approve of his handling of foreign policy.
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56% disapprove. and republicans charge part of that is the president misreading putin's ambitions. >> for us to think they weren't going to try to interfere with the territorial integrity of ukraine, frankly, i think denies history and also i think was a naive view of this. >> there was more tension today in ukraine. protesters waving russian flags and chanting russia, russia, storming a government building and flying a russian flag from its roof. just hours after the new ukrainian government had flown its flag there for the first time since saturday. meanwhile, a united nations envoy to crimea, robert serry was threatened by unknown assailants, some with guns, though the u.n. said the envoy is okay and headed back to kiev. in washington, chuck hagel sharply defended the president's leadership. >> it's a time for all of us to stand with the ukrainian people in support of their territorial integrity and their sovereignty, and we're doing that. >> john mccain ripped hagel for presenting a new budget with
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defense cuts amid mounting national security challenges. >> i must say your timing is exquisite. >> now, beyond crimea, mccain mentioned stalled iranian negotiations, conflict in syria, and the chinese getting more aggressive in the south china sea just as china announces it's increasing its own military spending sharply. >> ed henry live on the north lawn, thank you. yeah crane's new prime minister said crimea must remain part of his country. john kerry is trying to cajole the russians to play nice, but he appears to have little leverage. james rosen is traveling with secretary kerry in paris tonight. >> joined by aides inside the ambassador's residence in paris, john kerry squared off once more against russia's long time foreign minister, sergey lavrov, one of the least charitable diplomats who had already telegraphed how little the
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kremlin will concede by the an exation of crimea in southeastern ukraine, home to the warm water fleet. >> some special alert measures have been adopted to control the fleet because as our president said we're not going to allow any blood to be spilled. the problem should be solved in the february treaty. >> that was moscow's way of saying despite last month' bloody clashes in kiev which killed scores of protesters and sent the president fleeing the capital, they yard yanukovych as president. ukraine's new foreign minister who travelled to paris aboard kerry's plane disputed it. >> not only about ukraine but the future of russia and how russia will support what they did to ukraine. >> by all the capitals of the ancient states of central and eastern europe. >> the kerry-lavrov showdown
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occurred on the 68th anniversary of winston church hill's iron curtain speech at westminster college which illuminated the dawn of the cold war. now vladimir putin, his nation is rich in energy reserves as weapons aim to restore russia to the power status they reserved in the soviet union. kerry who acknowledged the russians have intentions to protect. >> i want to be realistic. this is hard, tough stuff. and very serious moment. but i would rather be where we are today than where we are yesterday. >> even more than that illusive meeting with the russians, what the ukrainians really need right now is cash. that appeared to come in the form of a $15 billion pledge of aid from the european union which will take the form of loans, grants, and investments over the next few years. traveling with the secretary of state in paris, james rosen. up next, the key figure in
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the irs targeting scandal takes the fifth again. but first, here's what's some of our fox affiliates across the country are covering tonight. fox 6 in orlando with the latest on the pregnant woman who drove a van with three kids into waters off daytona beach. bystanders came to the rescue there. the mom is undergoing a mental evaluation. the children have been turned over to state officials. fox 12 in portland with late breaking news that the government accountability office will examine oregon's obamacare exchange system. the investigation will be part of a broader study to examine state health exchanges. >> this is a live look at los angeles from fox 11. the big story there tonight, a speech at ucla by hillary clinton. the former secretary of state made news yesterday comparing vladimir putin's actions in ukraine to those of adolf hitler. today, she said she meant putin's so-called protection of ethnic russians in crimea was like the nazis' invasion of
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the woman at the center of last year's irs targeting scandal is once again refusing to tell her side of the story. and that led to some political teeth bearing today on capitol hill. mike emanuel has the latest. >> for the past year, the central republican accusation in this investigation -- >> we're adjourned. close it down. the chairman of the oversight committee had the microphone turned off on the top democrat after darrell issa returned a brief hearing looking into the targeting of conservative groups. elijah cummings was curious. >> we represent 700,000 people.
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you can not run a one-sided investigation. there is absolutely something wrong with that and absolutely un-american. >> the chairman hurried to make his point to reporters in the hallway. >> he was not directing questions to the witness and the committee had adjourned. >> it began after refusing to answer questions, former irs official lois lerner wouldn't cooperate? >> i exercise my fifth amendment right and decline to answer the question. >> issa asked about a letter she sent to a colleague at the irs in which she called the tea part party case dangerous. >> why would you say tea party cases are dangerous? >> on the advice of my counsel i exercise my fifth amendment right and decline to answer that question. >> she blamed the problem on staffers in cincinnati. she had asked for immunity in exchange for her testimony, although after president obama
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told bill o'reilly there's, quote, not even a smidgen of corruption, they said lerner seems to already have immunity and still won't talk. >> she's hiding something. hiding something from us and hiding something from the american people. >> later, john boehner said he'll wait to hear from issa about next steps but -- >> at some point, i believe she has to testify or she should be held in contempt. >> at this point, issa seems prepared to move forward with the irs investigation without hearing from lerner. >> mike emanuel live on the hill, thank you. stocks were mixed today. the dow lost 36. the s&p 500 dropped a fraction. the nasdaq was up 6. two of the top democrats in new york are battling each other together over how best to educate their young people. carl cameron tonight on the controversial charter schools. >> new york city's democrat mayor bill de blasio is making waves in the big apple with a series of education reforms that could divide his party ahead of
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the midterms and ripple to the 2016 presidential race. >> i didn't come here to leave a generation of children behind. i came here to uplift a generation of children. >> de blasio is pushing pre-k and after school programs while under fire from critics who say he's denying charter schools space to operate, closing one school in harlem where fifth graders have the highest math scores in the state. eva runs a new york charter school system. >> it's unfathomable, unconscionable. i cannot explain the decision. >> as public schools struggle nationwide to meet their students' needs, centrist democrats and independents are increasingly supportive of charter schools. >> andrew cuomo, a liberal who is considering a 2016 presidential run and would need to appeal to moderates and swing voters nationwide to have a chance promised a crowd of several thousand infuriated parents he would block de blasio
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a chance to block their education. >> we're here to tell you we stand with you. you are not alone. we will stand charter schools. >> the 2012 national platform which applies until 2016ed the party will work to expand education programs including charter schools, teacher-led schools and career academies. de blasio is allowing 14 charter schools to go forward. liberals depend on teachers unions. and union members consider a change to the status quo a career threat. >> you have a sizable chunk of the democratic party who have moved away from the allegiance to the teachers unions and are saying it's time to look at delivererables and metrics when assessing education reform and what's best for our kids. >> once in lock step with teachers unions education reforms the left is increasingly split over charter schools as more parents and even
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potential presidential candidates call it an idea whose time has come. >> thank you. bad news for two potential presidential candidates tonight. the latest fox news poll has a steep decline for new jersey governor chris christie. only 24% believe now he would make a good president. twice that amount think he would not. there's a slight drop-off for hillary clinton. 50% approval, down five points from last year. why would the cia spy on the senate intelligence committee? first, why does the obama administration want to spend twice as much as necessary to treat cancer patients? when jake and i first set out on our own, we ate anything. but in time you realize the bett you eat, the better you feel. these days we both eat smarter. and i give jake purina cat chow naturals. made with real chicken and salmon, anit's high in protein like aow cat's natural diet.
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people can keep their 2013 health policies. the president is pushing the deadline back two more years. well past the 2016 presidential election. tonight, jim engle tells us how the idea of controlling costs is also on life support. >> the obama administration while saying it's trying to lower health costs sometimes favors the most expensive way to provide care. take cancer treatment, for instance, where it pays hospitals far more for identical treatments than it does a multitude of community cancer centers. >> they do get paid more for doing the exact same thing, so the exact same treatments here versus the hospital are about 40% more expensive in the hospital than they are here. that affects everybody, patients' copays, the insurance carriers as well. >> not only to the taxpayers and medicare pay more when the carrikers in a hospital outpatient setting, but the patient pays more, too, and all the data suggests they pay 10%
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to 20% more. >> and he said the hospital gets paid twice as much for chemotherapy. for patients, it's price for convenience. >> i can come here and get my chemo within five minutes. i go to the hospital, it could be five minutes, it could be ten hours. depending on what's going on. i know it's health care and it's not fast food, but would you rather have five minutes or ten hours? >> i would prefer to be here. in the hospital, you really are on the schedule that the hospital staff is on. >> for patients fighting for their lives, there's also something else that draws them to community cancer treatment. >> you can still come and go. you can still sleep in your own bed at night. you can see your children, go out to dinner, do the things you normally would do, which they encourage you to do. >> everything is very personal here. very upbeat. it's one step for me from the standpoint of blood tests downstairs. by the time i come upstairs, the doctor's already got them. i know the nurses by name. >> there are also other factors.
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those with compromised immune systems are more likely to pick up an invection in a hospital. >> that's not because hospitals are bad places. that's because you put a lot of sick people together and you're going to spread infection around. >> so why would the administration pay hospitals so much more? >> it has to do partially with the lobbying power, right? so hospitals are bigger corporations. >> but hospitals argue their costs are greater so they have to be paid more. a bipartisan house bill, however, would force equal payments no matter where a patient is treated, and one insurance company, high mark blue cross blue shield in pennsylvania is taking things in its own hands and will now pay the same amount for the same procedure regardless of where it is performed. bret. >> jim, thank you. depending on how you look at it, a fascinating and confounding exchange tonight about the obama budget. senate budget committee top republican jeff sessions did everything he could today to get
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an answer from sylvia matthews burwell. >> you're proposing that we alter ryan-murray so you can spend $56 million more next year alone? >> what we are proposing -- >> yes or no, is that correct? >> what -- >> can't you answer that question simply, yes or no. do you propose to spend $56 billion more than ryan-murray allows, and you're proposing we change ryan-murray to allow you to do so? yes or no? >> senator, we do propose a change in the law that would be fully paid for, that would invest in the things that we believe are necessary for the economic health of the nation. >> you're refusing to answer it. i will answer it. the answer is that you're going to spend -- you're asking us to raise the spending limits by changing the ryan-murray law so you can spend even more than you agreed to spend ten weeks ago. and this is the way a nation goes broke.
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>> went on for three minutes. ryan-murray is the budget deal struck with representative paul ryan and patty murray. that is law signed into law by president obama. when we come back, israel's prime minister goes one-on-one with liz clayman, and check out tonight's grapevine by going to my blog at the dailybret.com. you can also get there from our home page. check it out.
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checking other international headlines, israeli naval forces have seized dozens of advanced rockets from a ship destined for palestinian militants in gaza, according to authorities. the vessel was intercepted about 1,000 miles south of israel off the coast of sudan. an israeli military spokesman said the rockets would have significantly boosted the palestinians' ability to strike israeli citizens. >> iran's revolutionary guard said it acquired missiles with multiple warheads. the defense minister presented the delivery of four types of ballistic missiles capable of hitting both naval and ground targets with an air range of about five yards according to the iranians. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is warning world powers about the consequences of a nuclear iran. he talked today with fox business network anchor liz
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clayman. hello, liz. >> hi, bret. netanyahu was here to strike a strategic partnership with the state of california where they will share all kinds of ideas, everything from water conservation to high technology. i had an opportunity to sit down with prime minister netanyahu to talk to him about all that, and also we talked about how it is all coming at a time where you see a global darkening of the backdrop of the world. >> the global backdrop is darkening. we have the situation in ukraine. president putin of russia is showing some serious aggression. large ukrainian population in israel. what do you say to that population? how do you view the situation and what do you think president putin whom you just spent a good bit of time with in november, is really doing here? >> first of all, i hope this is resolved diplomatically and peacefully and as soon as possible. we're obviously always concerned
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with the jewish population in any part of the world. we look at it closely. but that's my main concern, but in the last few days, i have been dealing with another problem, as you may know. that is tracking an iranian weapons ship that's going to israel, and i was very happy that our navy captured it on the high seas, and neutralized the shipment of yourane mm missiles going to the worst terrorist groups in the world. i hope the ukrainian thing is resolved quickly, amicably, but i have enough on my plate, which is quite full. >> bret, let me tell you, the prime minister was very eager to talk about the situation of the seized ship. needless to say, the rockets on it, he is 100% sure, he says, that they came from iran. they had possibly been assembled somewhere in syria, but regardless, he called iran the worst terrorist regime.
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pretty clear he won't be pushed into a peace plan with the palestinians quickly. these rockets, bret, were headed toward, he believes, gaza. so needless to say, this is very, very intense at the moment, but he was here striking economic partnerships. that's what he wants to show, and that is israel remains a strong economic power as well. >> quickly, not a lot of criticism directly of vladimir putin. >> no, not yet. remember, he had met with vladimir putin back in november for several hours. he said at the time that they struck a type of chemistry. regardless, he doesn't want to see tension in that region at all and he was sure to stress let them figure it out amicably and peacefully. we have major issues in israel that are second by second that he needs to focus upon. >> interesting. liz, thank you so much. a federal prosecutor said today the son-in-law of osama bin laden used the murderous power of his words to rally others against america after the september 11th attacks.
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he has pleaded not guilty to charges he conspired to kill americans in the months following 9/11. the cia spying on congress? that is the explosive charge making rounds today here in washington. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge joins us with details. >> the vice chair of the senate intelligence committee offered any comment, but their counterpart in the house left no doubt that the alleged spying on staffers is a serious matter. >> we have very specific both constitutional and legal based statute based oversight responsibilities of the intelligence community. we take those pretty seriously. you can't have any even perception that any of the intelligence agencies are trying to figure out what their legitimate oversight functions are. >> the senate panel is investigating the bush administration's controversial interrogation program which
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included the waterboarding of three senior al qaeda leaders. when internal review of the program was discovered, staffers pursued it, and this week, allegations of spying and retaliation went public after mark udall wrote to the president, as you're aware, the cia has taken unprecedented action against the committee in relation to the internal cia review, and i find these actions to be incredibly troubling for the committee's oversight responsibilities and for democracy. late today, the statement was not yet available. >> thank you. you're welcome. >> senate democrats turn their backs on one of the president's nominees for a major civil rights position. we'll get reaction from the fox all-stars when we come back. that's not much, you think except it's 2 peent every year. go to e*trade and find out how much our advice and guidance costs. spoiler alert. it's low. it's guidance on your terms not ours. e*trade. less for us, more for you.
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if not, role call vote on this is 47 yeas, 52 nays. the motion fails. >> this nominee, however, was so unfit for the position in which he had been nominated that even seven democrats couldn't support it. >> we were very close to getting this good man nominated. but when a number of people saw the vote not going a certain way, things always change. >> well, it was quite a stunning development today. democrats and senate majority leader harry reid bringing up this vote for a deputy attorney general in the civil rights division, debo adegbile, and the vote went down. it went down, vice president biden was positioned to break the tie, but the tie never came. and seven democrats voted against cloture. remember, back -- we'll put up
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the seven democrats who voted against it. remember, back in november, the rules in the senate were changed. they no longer needed 60 votes. they just needed 50 plus one to move any nominee forward. they couldn't get that. let's bring in our panel. jonah goldberg, kirsten powers, and charles krauthammer. jonah, this controversy centered around the legal work that adegbile did for convicted cop killer mumia abu-jamal, and back in 1981. the killing of an officer, faulkner. his widow came out with a statement saying she is especially grateful to the democrats who broke ranks and had the kurjs to do the right thing. debo adegbile is the wrong person for the job. there have to be better people for the position. this was quite a moment on capitol hill today. >> it was a huge moment and sort
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of the filibuster aspect of it is fascinatinfascinating. it's also sort of fascinating to see that something has a huge half-life. if you're of a certain age, you don't remember mumia abu-jamal was sort of the dashboard saint not of liberals but the hard left. a real hero of the hard left. i spent a lot of time looking at this in the 1990s. an unequivocally guilty cop killer with witnesses and corroboration and a confession. because he was so articulate and a left wing activist, he became a hero to a lot of people on the left, and the fruturnal order of police who were the prime actors felt they were burned by the administration because they weren't consulted on this guy who was radioactive for obvious reasons and they felt they were going to get their pound of flesh out of this, and they did. it wasn't republicans who killed this. it was the fop putting it in the democrats' faces and the democrats chickened out.
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>> the president put out a statement, the white house did. the senate's failure to confirm debo adegbile is a travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servient. his qualifications are impeccable. kirsten? >> i think the thing you have to remember is he didn't pick out this person to defend. he was heading up the naacp legal defense fund, who had taken the case on before he was there, and then he became involved in an appeal where they convinced a federal judge to not reinstate the death penalty. it isn't like he went out looking for this person, but i do happen to believe that the people deserve defenses. if there were bad jury instructions, that's what they convinced the judge of, that's a reasonable thing to do. and i think a lot of people are confused by why this guy has been attacked the way he has. but john roberts represented somebody who ultimately was
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executed for one of the worst mass murders in florida, killed eight people, bound and gagged, shot, went out and killed two teenagers on the way to church, and i think everybody understood john roberts didn't support that person, that this is what lawyers do. they defend people. >> his critics, adegbile's critics say it went beyond the legal work and it was more about political rallies and leading rallies for mumia and kind of became more political in his support for this character that became a liberal, as jonah said. >> without relitigating the whole case, jonah is saying he was unequivocally guilty. i don't think that the naacp legal defense fund probably agrees with that. no, they said -- the reason they took on his case is because they said they thought there was racial injustice happening. >> they thought it was a bad trial. they never took the stand -- they never took the stand on his guilt.
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they said it was a bad trial. that's a different legal argument. but even mumia abu-jamal -- >> if he's so blatantly guilty, i don't understand. unfair trial? >> guilty people can get bad trials, too. >> but the idea that he should -- i don't understand your argument. they're saying he is getting -- there's racial injustice in the trial. why can't they prove it without racial injustice? >> my point is it was an appeal for procedural grounds. >> make your case without racial injustice. he was blatantly guilty. >> let's not relitigate the trial. is this a private fight? what i want to do is get into the politics of this and the logistics of harry reid calling this up for a vote and losing, and the cost it may cost these vulnerable red-state democrats who voted yes for this person who the national organizations, a lot of police organizations were really adamant that he not
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get through, and here are these vulnerable red-state democrats who cast the vote yes. not a lot of nuance in commercials. >> they're going to get hurt. they're already reeling from obamacare. they're reeling from a president whose numbers are low and in the sixth year, if the president's numbers are low, the congressional candidates in the senate and house really suffer, and now this is not going to help. this is kind of a nuralgic issue. it's not sophisticated or abstract in some ways like reforming health care. it's cop killer. a complicated issue. people have a right to represent on principle even the worst of defenders and i think it's true in this particular case, he didn't choose the case. it was already there. but i am -- the one thing that sways it here is he participated in rallies. and i don't think -- it's not as if he should, you know, this
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candidate ought to be denied free speech or anything, but i don't think he has a right to head the civil rights division. if you're going to head that and you participated in rallies in defense of somebody dually found guilty of killing a cop, and i did have a look at some of the evident. it's pretty open and shut, and i can understand why this would not be the person you would want. perhaps the secretary of the department of, you know, of transportation, but not on a nuralgic position where you have to interact with cops all the time. i think it's the right decision, and those democrats who voted no, i think it went right the way. >> at the risk of a jeff sessions moment, yes or no, did they bring him back up? >> no, not in this election year for sure. >> absolutely not. >> next up, the latest on ukraine as hillary clinton also weighs in. the conversation about his
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this is a time for wise and steady and firm leadership. and it's a time for all of us to stand with the ukrainian people in support of their territorial integrity and their sovereignty. >> the steps that have not been taken over the last three or four years, frankly, allowed putin to believe that he could do what he is doing without, without any reaction from us. >> an iron curtain has descended across the continent, behind that line lie all the capitals of the states of central and
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eastern europe. >> the house speaker and winston churchill, today, 68 years ago in missouri was the famous iron curtain speech, believe it or not, when he talked about the expansion of the soviet union, the former prime minister of great britain did. we're back with the panel. charles, you take a look at the polls, the new fox news poll has president obama at the lowest approval rating yet, 38%. there you see the last month at 42%. and you look at foreign policy, the approval dropping 6%. this obviously taken, really, before a lot of all of the implications of the ukraine, but still, a precipitous drop. what about this? >> i think the drop is well-earned. you look anywhere in the world. russia, china, ukraine, the middle east, syria, anywhere, and our standing is lower than it was when he came into office. and i do think that the conduct
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of this administration, vis-a-vis the russians, however, looking ahead and leaving all that aside, the united states has essentially no cards to play in ukraine, so i wouldn't blame the president for not having sort of forged or made putin reconsider the occupation. we do not have a lot of leverage. and without the europeans who have the real interaction economically with russia, our trade is minimal to about half the worth of bill gates. unless the europeans are joining in our sanctions, it will have minimal effect. all that we can do, i think, is to reassure the nato nations who are on the border of ukraine, poland, slovakia, romania, that we are not going to allow an
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intrusion into nato. and i think what the president ought to be doing is reassuring them by scheduling joint military maneuvering with them and with the baltic stating saying i can't do a lot on y ukrai ukraine, but i can on nato. >> hitler, back in the '30s. all the germans by ancestry. hitler kept saying, they're not being treated right, and i must do something. that's what's raising eyebrows. she clai-- >> once you say hitler, there's so much impliemplied. once you say that, everybody thinks oh, you're talking about
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that's what's coming next. and i don't really think that people think that's what's coming next. i don't think it was a very helpful thing to say. in terms of what president obama can do, he's very limited. you have a situation where angela merkle said she spoke to putin and he's someone another world. this isn't someone who's reasonable that you can deal very well with. >> 68 years ago. winston churchill. >> it doesn't happen very often. in defense of hillary clinton, it may have been impolitic for her to say. this is basically the same tactic that hitler used and this is what putin is doing. i do think there is one thing that obama could do if he had a completely different world view, and that's not going to happen. ra t rhett torically, we could leave
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finally tonight, the trade deadline for the national hockey league was today. a reporter may have been a little more interested in the trade deals than the story of the day. >> you see the rain. it is another soaker. >> i'd be happy, man. rangers to me -- >> and we'll check back in a little later.
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if something changes on the morning commute, adam will let us know. >> he just wanted to weigh in. that's it for this special report. fair, balanced and unafraid. greta goes on the record next. it is the interview you want to see, and you will. only here. house oversight committee chair darrell issa goes on the record about the explosive irs targeting hearing. chairman issa confronting lois lerner with potentially damaging evidence, and learner, again, pleading the fifth. >> you e-mailed your colleagues in the irs the following -- tea party matter very dangerous. this could be the vehicle to go to court on the issue of whether citizens united overturning the ban on corporate spending applies to